Not all pillows are created equal. With numerous firmness, filling, and thickness options, it's important to identify what type of sleeper you are (back, side, stomach) and whether you have any special needs or problems (excessive sweating, allergies). "The goal of a good pillow is not so much being comfortable, but not being uncomfortable to the point of interfering with sleep," says sleep expert Dr. David Neubauer. "There's not much science to it; you have to try several."
Best wool pillow
The Clean Bedroom Naturally Organic Pure Wool Pillow
Good for those who sweat, the wool filling wicks moisture – and it's springy, so it pops back into shape. [From $98; thecleanbedroom.com]
Credit: Photograph by Michael Pirrocco